Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Twas the Tuesday before the O'Antiphons start

Since I made it through four various Christmas concerts and facilitating a wedding at church, I thought it was in the clear for a straight shot towards Christmas!

But it was not to be. Last night I was asked to write a flute part to this lovely piece by Sandi Patty to be played at a baptism this coming Sunday.

It really is a lovely piece, and since the grandmother of the baby was kind enough to sing for my mother's funeral, I feel like this is my chance to return the favor.

But I'm a player, not a composer and this youtube piece is in the key of D and I need it in E flat - so I'll be composing and transposing instead of making Christmas cookies and writing personal Christmas card notes!

masterpiece refrain

At least I got the refrain done so maybe I can get this done faster than I thought.

I plan to have a guide to celebrating the O antiphons up tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can read my latest on Catholicmom.com.